HAM LOAF

HAM LOAF For all intent and purposes, this is a twist on meatloaf with pineapples and cherries on top. 1 pound ground ham, 1 1/2 pounds ground veal, 2 eggs, beaten, 1 1/2 cup bread crumbs, 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 1 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic, 1/2…

TODAY IS NATIONAL TORTILLA DIP DAY

Today is National Tortilla Dip Day. Let’s make a refreshing fruit salsa. 2 garlic cloves, minced, 5 Roma tomatoes, seeds removed and chopped, 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced,  3/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped, 1 cup fresh papaya, diced, 1/4 cup fresh jicama, peeled and finely diced,   1 cup fresh mango, diced,  2 large avocados…

ARE YOU READY FOR THE BEST PIECE OF TAIL YOU HAVE EVER HAD?

FRIED TURKEY TAILS Get ready, get ready, get ready for the best piece of tail you have ever had.  Nephew ZaZa introduced me to deep-fried turkey tails.  I am hooked!  Turkey tails are full of fat and flavor. The secret to perfect tails is to make them spicy and crisp. 6 fresh turkey tails, 1 white onion,…

COURT-BOUILLON

Court-bouillon (pronounced Coo-bee-yawn) My Uncle Cheeky would make this stew regularly.  We would visit the fish market weekly.  People would buy catfish and didn’t want the heads.  We would buy fish for the weekly fish fry and get all the heads they had for free.    There is some good meat on the catfish.  The…

GOOD OLE FRIDAY BOIL

CRAB BOIL 2 Dungeness crabs, 7 she blue crabs, 2 pounds large head-on and shell-on shrimp, rinsed and deveined,  2 pounds crawfish, rinsed, 2 pound crab legs, 1 pound Manila clams, rinsed and scrubbed, 1 1/2 pounds andouille sausage, 1 pound smoked sausage, 3 artichokes,  2 head garlic, 3 corn on the cob quartered, 3 lemons,…

SPAGHETTI SQUASH BOATS

SPAGHETTI SQUASH BOATS Slice the squash lengthwise and scoop out the meat, leave enough to retain the squash’s shape, discard the seeds. Lightly drizzle grapeseed oil into the cavity, add salt, pepper, cumin, and granulated garlic.  Spread the dry seasoning around evenly with your fingers.  Turn on the oven to 425 degrees.  Roast the squash cut-side down…

WHAT ARE YOU HAVING FOR BREAKFAST TODAY?

TODAY IS ASH WEDNESDAY. I AM GOING TO START MY DAY OFF WITH CORN MUSH Corn pudding is an old Native American dish that was shared with the Spaniards and Englishmen.  Historically the dish was stewed ground corn and water along with a thickening agent. Southerners got ahold of this recipe and repurposed it to be a…

FAT TUESDAY

Le Mardi Gras is Fat Tuesday in French. Fat Tuesday this year is February 16, 2021. Fat Tuesday is the last day to eat whatever you want. The rules of lent for everyone over the age of 14 must abstain from eating meat.  In addition to no meat, you are supposed to fast every Friday. Ash Wednesday…

LET’S LEARN SOME NEW AND INTERESTING FACTS

The Northside Skull and Bones Gang is said to have derived from a Haitian tradition. They would march through the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans on Fat Tuesday before the break of dawn, waking people up with songs, dance, and a message to love each other and be thankful for another day of life. Here…

VALENTINE APHRODISIAC

VALENTINE APHRODISIAC Valentine’s Day Salad: 1 cup baby spinach, 1 cup arugula, 2 cups baby salad greens, 1 green onion, chopped, 7 fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced, 8 fresh raspberries, cut in half, 1 navel orange, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces, 12 blueberries, 1/4 cup craisins, 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled, 1/2 cup pine…

SEAFOOD LASAGNA

SEAFOOD LASAGNA 1 pound lasagna noodles, 1/2 pound bulk hot Italian sausage, 1 pound uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed, 2 (8 oz.) cans lump crab meat, 3 garlic cloves, minced, 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped, 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped, 3 green onions, finely chopped, 2 eggs, beaten, 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh parsley,…

CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE

CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE Today we are going to reduce our carb intake.  I frequently replace potatoes, rice, and pasta with cauliflower.  According to WebMD, one of the health benefits of eating cauliflower is helping you stay hydrated.  Cauliflower has substances that prevent cancer, keeps your thyroid from absorbing iodine; it also has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial…